Fiscal Cliff Passes House Despite GOP Objections   2 comments

Quoting NBC News…

An agreement to stave off the harshest and most immediate consequences of the “fiscal cliff” won approval in the House late Tuesday, paving the way for President Barack Obama’s quick signature. 

Following a day of hectic wrangling on Capitol Hill — where the prospects for passing the bipartisan, Senate legislation regarding the fiscal cliff hung in the balance for much of New Year’s Day — the House voted 257 to 157 to pass the belated compromise measure over the objections of many conservative Republicans.

Give them credit for getting it done; the bill will now head to the White House for Obama’s signature and the 112th Congress can finally leave the capitol….looking at the final tally, there were some interesting items of note; again from NBC News…

The House vote laid bare some of the internal ideological divisions to plague the GOP over the past two years. More Republican congressmen (151) voted against the Senate bill than for it (85), meaning that Democrats’ support was needed to advance the final deal. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, took the rare step of casting a vote, and did so in favor of the legislation. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the former Republican vice presidential nominee, also supported the package. But Boehner’s top two lieutenants, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., each opposed the deal.

Give Boehner some credit on this one; with the ideological splits in the GOP leadership, Boehner sucked it up and pushed the fiscal cliff deal through, once and for all ending the Hastert Rule provision that Republicans had used on legislation in the past to stymie Democratic efforts in the past. Considering that both Cantor and McCarthy crossed swords with Boehner, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens Thursday when the 113th Congress convenes and the Republican Conference meets to pick its’ leaders for the next 2 years.

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Posted January 1, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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